At the beginning of this month I posted Spam Saturday: Amazing Products, Thrilling Occasions, Thanks-a-Mundo! Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised that the blog was a spam magnet, drawing a lot of magnificent examples of the genre. Meta-spam, I called it;  Amy from GoPetFriendly — my Pet Blogger Challenge co-host — dubbed it spam squared.

We report, you decide.

My usual spam comments tend to be fairly varied. Most of this batch, however, fell into two distinct groups that played variations on a theme.

Group #1

The usual overwrought praise, but with this difference: Whoever was mixing the word salad substituted a different ingredient each time.

Wonderful goods from you, man. Spam Saturday: Amazing Products, Thrilling Occasions, Thanks-a-Mundo! I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely wonderful* I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible.** I can’t wait to read far (much) more from you. This is actually a terrific*** Spam Saturday: Amazing Products, Thrilling Occasions, Thanks-a-Mundo! informations.

*too fantastic, too wonderful, extremely magnificent, extremely fantastic, too great

**wise, smart

***tremendous

Group #2

There were at least a dozen of these comments, all so surreal that I won’t try to detail the many variations. I would like to know, though: What’s with all the designer references?

An gripping treatment is designer scuttlebutt. I imagine that you should pen solo on on this substance, it might not be a prejudice topic but generally fill are not sufficiency to verbalize on such topics.

An absorbing communicating is designer interpret. I judge that you should indite author on this issue, it might not be a preconception thing but generally people are not enough to mouth on specified topics.

Fascinating treatment is coutourier statement. I anticipate that you should write many on this subject, it power not be a taboo content but mostly fill are not sufficiency to talk on specified topics.

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A few one offs that are noteworthy only if you recall that they appear on a post about spam:

I got what you destine, thanks for swing up. Woh I am glad to conceptualise this website through google.

This design is wicked! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)

Thank you for sharing. Not to many people in your position are so gracious. Your article was very poignant and understandable. It helped me to understand very clearly. Thank you for your help.

If anything will give you pause about the future of today’s college students, it’s this tale of waiting months to crib the perfect blog post from the internet…a post on spam, yet:

Good to be visiting your blog again, it continues to be months for me. Well this article that I’ve been waited for so long. I need this write-up to total my assignment in the college, and it has same subject with your article. Thanks, great share.

I’ll just bet that assignment was totaled.

Finally, praise that comes in the form of a curse:

As I web-site possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling great, appreciate it for your efforts. You must maintain it and keep writing forever! Good Luck.

Good luck to you, too. And Happy New Year!

 

82 thoughts on “Spam Saturday: Rattling Great Taboo Content, Designer Scuttlebutt, Woh!”

  1. Wow, those are almost like fortunes…I’m deciding whether to meditate on the meaning or just go eat cookies!

    (not spam. Though does identifying the problem and protesting against it work to the contrary? I hope not.)

    1. You know, Jen, you inspired me to just approve all the good spam on this post — while deleting the urls…

      Cookies are definitely better to eat than spam, except for the virtual kind that you sometimes have to clear the cache of 😉

    2. When I read some of the comments, I visualize someone in another country using Google Translate. Some of the statements are close – just not the right word choice.

      On the other hand, I picture someone from another planet writing some of the other comments. What the h-e-double hockey sticks are they talking about?

      I’m glad you take your spam with a sense of humor. I just hit delete!

      1. Yes, Google translate yields some gems. The second group of comments had me entirely baffled.

        I have to check my spam filter fairly often because Akismet is overly zealous and traps legit comments, so while I’m there, I browse through them.

  2. LOL! Edie – I think the same spammers that visit you must be visiting me too! I have seen many of the same ones. I had to laugh at the college one. I wonder how well the assignment went? 😉

    Thanks for making me laugh.

  3. Oh no! That is a lot of spam! Maybe it is a warped compliment from the universe that even the web-crawling spiders are noticing your posts?? Happy New Year! I love your blog Dr. Edie!!

    1. Thank you and Happy New Year to you too. I love your blog back — such fun cartoons! — and I love that you called me Dr. Edie but I couldn’t call you Dr. Anything back because you’ve cleverly hid your identity. Smart move 😉

  4. I recently saw a documentary in which young Chinese people worked 12 hours a day playing online games to win “gold” and other tokens that could be sold to Americans and Europeans looking for a shortcut to getting ahead.

    Now every time I read a spam comment I imagine a sixteen year old Chinese girl who left the country for the big city where she’s kept in a dark room for days at a time writing spam so links can land somewhere and make someone lots of money.

    Do you think we could sponsor some of the more amusing spammers so they could come here and work as comedy writers?

    1. Ok, now I’m deeply depressed and want to sponsor all the Chinese girls, funny or not. They’re clearly prolific and hard working.

    1. Thanks, AJ. And I love the idea of spam cubed!

      As it happens, I’m approving all the spam on this post — you can see some fairly benign examples in this comments section already — but unlinking the links so as not to serve their spammy masters. Maybe I should have a “detect the spam” contest?

  5. Ack! Thanks for the subtle reminder on the Pet Blogger Challenge. I did almost all of it right away but totally forgot about it since!

    Your spam comments are way more entertaining than mine. However, I did recently get a unique delivery method. A few comments got through the Spam filter onto the actual blog posts. It was some kind of random generator that pulled snippets from other comments on the post and mashed them together. It took me a couple of times to catch on to what was happening. Ha, ha.

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